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BP&O Collections — Spot Colours

Selected by Richard Baird.

A continually updated gallery of graphic design, visual identity and packaging work, reviewed and published on BP&O, that employ a distinctive use of spot colour. These include a finely detailed use of metallics, pages of solid bright colour and moments of richness. This post features work by Bond, Blok and Bunch, and covers a variety of projects, from books and retail branding, sweet packaging and print production studios.

This post explores the immediacy of solid colour, the pleasure and interaction of multiple spot colours and occasions where metallics are used to draw out details within photography. Functional uses of spot colour include catching the eye, marking a change between content, or as a component to link products and differentiate brand.

The conceptual approaches include the extensive use of spots to express the capacity of a print production company Cerovski, the unifying of disparate photographic styles throughout Migrant Journal, and the warmth and joy of a bright orange as an articulation of the singular theme of MacGuffin magazine. Also check out Fluorescent Ink & PapersBlind Embossing and Die Cutting.

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BP&O Collections — Banners

Selected by Richard Baird.

A continually updated collection of banners, designed as part of a larger brand identity progrmme, published on BP&O. These typically deliver an immediate graphic expression through type and form language, colour and image. This selection features the simple and singular, and those that pair a strong stylistic impact with informational detail, and includes work by studios Hey, Studio fnt and Mucho.

In the spirit of trying to challenge the chronological value-hierarchies of the traditional blog format, this post was published as a quick way to jump through BP&O’s content and gain access to older but equally interesting projects through different themes. Further, this is less about the aesthetic of a singular asset, although that is a consideration, but how each of these may fulfil a role within a broader system, click each image to read more. This expands upon previous posts under the category BP&O Collections.

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BP&O Collections – Fluorescent

Selected by Richard Baird.

A continually updated gallery of graphic identity work and design for print, reviewed and published on BP&O, that feature fluorescent inks and boards. This post includes work by Bunch, Pentagram and Bond, and covers a variety of projects, from books and campaigns to branding and packaging. Highlights include Bunch’s balancing of past and present through colour and type, the cheerful personality delivered through a striking green for a book on Eero Aarnio by Bond and the colour language of activism employed by Paul Belford Ltd. Between them, these express how fluorescent inks and papers can be used to create drama, contrast and immediacy, deliver a conviviality and distinctiveness, and through restraint, elevate the often low-cost associations of fluorescents to that of the elegant and sophisticated.

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